Articles by Leszek Wrona

History through paintings by Jan Matejko

  History of the Republic of Poland can probably be described as one of the most eventful history in Europe. The country has been through many invasions, wars, elimination of sovereignty, uprisings and fighting for independence.This history can be seen in numerous paintings of Jan Matejko (1838 - 1893) who was painting notable historical Polish political and military events.  Jan Matejko lived in partitioned Poland, when Poland was erased as an independent state from the world's map,... continue reading

Canada 150

 Every year Canada celebrates the anniversary of the July 1, 1867 enactment of the Constitution Act, then called the British North America Act.July 1 is the national day of Canada called Canada Day and referred to as "Canada's birthday".This year 2017, Canada celebrates the 150th anniversary. Prior to European colonization by French and British,various aboriginal people had inhabited what is now Canada. In present days, Canada is truly a multicultural country and a collection of several... continue reading

Taking pictures in dangerous countries

       At the end of 2012, when the world was supposed to end, I traveled to Central America’s Norther Triangle region which consists of El Salvador, Honduras, and Guatemala. This region is known for the extreme level of organized crime and gang violence. Not something I realized before booking my flight there.              The reason to travel there was to experience end of the 13th Baktun, the last cycle of ancient Mayan calendar and many celebration of the indigenous... continue reading

Whistler ski resort in western Canada

     Whistler is a Canadian resort town in western Canada, approximately 125 km north of Vancouver.Its pedestrian village has won numerous design awards in 1990’s. Before the tourist has arrived this land has been inhabited by the Squamish and Lil’wat First Nations.The first non-indigenous visitors to the Whistler Valley were California gold rush veterans that came here to explore better coastal access route to the booming B.C. gold mines.     In the late 1920s and 1930 several... continue reading

The 2000 club, I am in

    Many photographers are writing blogs about their personal milestones, so I decided to write a bit about my experiences as a stock photographer after reaching 2000 images at Dreamstime.I have been with Dreamstime since year 2000, shortly after I have switched from a film camera to a digital SLR.Initially, I was uploading to several micro stock agencies. My acceptance ratio with DT was extremely low, sometime below 10%, whereas at other agencies it was well over 50%.Even though, I had... continue reading

The world of walls

       When the Berlin Wall was torn down more than a quarter-century ago, there were still 16 border fences around the world. Today, there are 65 walls either completed or under construction according to Quebec University research.      I have only seen and photographed one of the walls that is the US-Mexico border fence. And, I had been questioned and hand searched after taking my photos.       Recent rising fences around the EU are just the reminder that we are still... continue reading

Warsaw's Old Town, testimonial of Polish culture

          The Warsaw's Old Town was declared as the UNESCO's World Heritage Site in 1980 and is listed as "an outstanding example of a near-total reconstruction of a span of history covering the 13th to the 20th century.         The Warsaw Old Town was established in the 13th century. In the heart of the Old Town is the Old Town Market Square that served as a place for regular fairs and festivities until the end of the 18th century. Surrounding streets feature medieval... continue reading

FIFA World Cups statistics with North American perspective

           FIFA World Cup is an international football (soccer) competition hold every four years for Men and Women playing is separate tournaments.The popularity of football around the world makes the FIFA World Cup the most watched single sporting event in the world, but to a lesser degree in North America. However, since the USA has hosted the 1994 FIFA World Cup there is a steady growth of soccer fans in North America.                        The US... continue reading

Festival of Polish Song in Opole, Poland

 The National Festival of Polish Song in Opole, Poland is one of the most important music festivals in Poland and was established in 1963 by Polish Television (TVP) and Polish Radio. This year (2015) the 52th annual festival kicked off on Friday June 12.During the first evening six candidates performed for Anna Jantar’s Award for the best newcomer act. As a special guests appeared Edyta Gorniak, Poland’s first Eurovision entrant in 1994 in which she claimed a highly creditable second... continue reading

Early history of roller coasters

     1920’s was the golden age of the roller coasters. Over 2000 were built in that time with just a few remaining and still in operation.The example of a roller coaster from this area is the Giant Dipper in Belmont Park in San Diego.This roller coaster opened on July 4, 1925 and was designed and engineered by Frederick Church and Frank Prior.But perhaps the biggest contribution to roller coaster development can be attributed to John Miller. His patented design of underfriction wheel... continue reading

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